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do (one's) homework

1. Literally, to complete school work that has been assigned to be done at home. You can't watch any more television until you do your homework!
2. To be thoroughly prepared and informed for something, such as a meeting, interview, or report. Be sure you do your homework before heading into that meeting; there's a lot at stake, and no one's going to like it if you aren't up to speed.
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do one's homework

Be well prepared, as in Steve had done his homework before the meeting and could answer all of the client's questions . This usage transfers a school assignment to a broader context. [c. 1930]
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do your homework

If you do your homework, you prepare for something, especially by finding out information about it. Before you buy any shares, do your homework. Doing your homework before you make your request will help you to have a confident manner.
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do your homework

examine thoroughly the details and background of a subject or topic, especially before giving your own views on it.
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do your ˈhomework (on something)

find out the facts, details, etc. of a subject in preparation for a meeting, a speech, an article, etc: He had just not done his homework for the interview. He couldn’t answer our questions.
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"The practical application of these findings - signaling that you are informed and using a precise number - can be used in any negotiation situation to imply you've done your homework," Mason concluded.
If you haven't done your homework, you have no right to be translating [the news] for your viewers."
It can be done with the right kind of customer, assuming you've done your homework and are willing to share savings and control.
* "Before going in make sure you've done your homework. First, look at your own accomplishments.
To further develop rhythmic awareness, say a simple sentence like, "Mother, please fix me some toast," or "Have you done your homework?" or "Open your book for me," while slightly emphasizing the stressed syllables.
"If you don't know the image that your action conveys, you have not done your homework," Ruckus media trainer Bill Walker exhorts during the media seminar.
Once you've done your homework and you're ready to do business, check out listings for trade missions.
Teaching requires this research--you don't want to walk into a room full of expectant students without having done your homework. Reading professional journals, interpreting recent research and keeping abreast of the most burning industry issues are necessary to develop course materials.